Master of Science in Space Sciences and Astronomy

Master of Science in Space Sciences and Astronomy

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Course title Master of Science in Space Sciences and Astronomy
Course code PMSCSSAPDR8
Postnominal M.Sc.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Day (by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Delivered by Institute of Space Sciences and Astronomy
This programme of study is also offered on a full-time basis. Please consult the Registrar’s website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

Space science is the study of natural phenomena beyond Earth bound experiments. This ranges from optimizing the design of telescopes to understanding the inner workings of gravitational waves from binary black holes. The primary topics of the course are astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. Astronomy is principally the study of making observations of space. Given the large amount of data available to astronomers, the processing techniques must be very novel to handle all this in a timely fashion. This has led to many industrial applications in finance, gaming, and many other industries. Astrophysics aims to broaden our understanding of the various objects present in the Universe. These range from the average star such as our Sun, to black holes where the extremes of gravity can produce the most violent events ever observed. Finally, cosmology concerns itself with a larger view of the Universe where the goal is to understand the history of the Universe from the big bang to the present. This means understanding the role of dark energy and exploring the different competing theories of gravity.

The Master’s Programme will offer students the possibility to tackle some of the major problems plaguing space science ranging from designing new radio astronomy antennas to be implemented in new and upcoming radio astronomy project to how alternative theories of gravity would modify cosmological dynamics. These problems require different skillsets, which range from theoretical subjects to more programming based topics, such as modelling large scale structure growth and so on. Depending on the project, the skill set acquired in this course has applicability in industry.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physics or Computational Physics or Statistics, with at least Second Class (Honours) or

(b) the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), with at least Second Class (Honours) or

(c) the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in ICT, with at least Second Class (Honours) or

(d) a Bachelor degree with at least a Second Class (Honours) in a discipline related to the proposed area of study or

(e) a qualification deemed by Senate, on the recommendation of the Board, to be comparable to the qualifications listed in paragraphs (a) to (d) above.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

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After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400
Yr 1: Eur 6,700 - Yr 2: Eur 6,700 - Yr 3: NIL
Upon completion of this Master’s programme, graduates are expected to have attained the following knowledge and skills:

• Have knowledge of a broad range of mathematical skills to work with advanced geometry
• Have knowledge of the underlying physical laws that govern different space science regimes
• Depending on the particular problem, be able to complete a number of scientific computing problems such as numerical techniques and so on.
This course is intended for those students who have some background knowledge in one of the following subjects from a technical viewpoint: astronomy, astrophysics or cosmology.
Primarily this programme serves as a feeder course for students intending to further their studies to PhD level in cosmology or astrophysics in general. However there are a number of other opportunities available for graduates of this course. These are very wide and vary depending on the particular nature of the problem the student chooses to tackle.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1 and click here for entry points.

Last Updated: 25 January 2021

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